//PROJECT INTRO ...// Sustainability often sounds like a goal, but for most of us doing the everyday work to get it done it's more about the process. Part of the job is staying inspired.
In this narrative series, we celebrate the people transforming the built environment. Some take big steps. Some take small steps. It all adds up. And it all gets done with data.
Join Measurabl on this tour of the most inspiring minds in sustainability.
As Salesforce's Senior Director of Sustainability, Patrick Flynn has helped Salesforce to realize one of the most forward-thinking building designs in the world. It's an achievement worth sharing and a towering example of how to make sustainability work on a large scale.
Sustainability is what you make it
This first-of-its kind blackwater system mimics nature. It recycles water using filtration and bacteria to break down any solids, the same way rainwater falling in the forest enters the stream fresh. This same process occurs in a gigantic cistern under the parking garage. All of the system’s production water goes into what’s called a purple pipe system—which is literally purple—and it feeds water to toilet flushing, cooling towers, and irrigation for plants.
Most office buildings are vacuums. Air enters in one place and fans blow it through by force. Salesforce tower, however, is a building that breathes. Resident plants thrive, which improves the air quality for the oxygen-breathing tenants. Double win.
Nearly every fixture in the building responds to use patterns.
Recycled water irrigates a cooling garden atop the brand new rapid transit station attached to the building. One virtuous cycle fuels another. The recycled water comes out clean enough for human consumption, but at present is redistributed to non-potable sources.